Faculty & Staff

The faculty and staff of St. Matthias Catholic Academy give very generously of their time and talents to the students, school, parents, and community. It is their commitment to Catholic Education that makes them a vital and appreciated member of the St. Matthias Family.

Teacher’s Prayer

I want to teach my students how
To live this life on Earth.
To face it’s struggles and it’s strife
And to improve their worth.

Not just the lesson in a book
Or how the rivers flow,
But how to choose the proper path
Wherever they may go.

To understand eternal truth
And know the right from wrong,
And gather all the beauty of
A flower and a song.

For if I help the world to grow
In wisdom and in grace,
Then I shall feel that I have won
And I have filled my place.

And so I ask your guidance, God,
That I may do my part.
For character and confidence
And happiness of heart.

– James J. Metcalf



Foundations of Mind & Spirit

St. Matthias Catholic Academy is a parochial elementary school of the Diocese of Brooklyn.  Classes range from Nursery through Grade 8.

Pastor: Bishop Neil Tiedemann
Principal: Ms. Barbara Wehnes

Grade 8A: Ms. T. Santoro
Grade 8B: Mr. N. Gering
Grade 7A: Mrs. T. Di Rico
Grade 7B: Ms. L. Mehlrose
Grade 6A: Mrs. N. Nikolic
Grade 6B: Mrs. S. Farrell
Grade 5A: Ms. S. Alulema
Grade 5B: Ms. D. Battaglini
Grade 4A: Mrs. M. Bartellino
Grade 4B: Mr. L. Williams
Grade 3A: Mr. A. Agron
Grade 3B: Mr. G. Caraturo
Grade 2A: Mrs.T. Preiss
Grade 2B: Mrs. M. Becker
Grade 1A: Ms. V. Moreno
Grade K1: Mrs. L. Stankes

Nursery: Mrs. A. Ripp

Pre-K2: Mrs. E. Colon-Telechea

Pre-K Aides: Ms. V. Agron; Mrs. L. Ortiz, Mrs. K. Matzelle, Mrs. D. Severino

Librarian/Spanish: Ms. P. Perez

Nurse: Ms. L. Li

PDHP *: Ms. A. Warfield

Phys. Ed./Computer: Ms. P. Klein

Title I: Ms. S. Yuen; Ms. Parchment; Ms. Stefandl


* Program for the Development of Human Potential is a grant-funded substance abuse prevention/education program. The program assigns counselors to schools where they can assist faculty, family, and students with various issues ( i.e. grief, illness, student/peer relationships), and activities to promote positive self-esteem.


Office Staff

Financial Secretary: Mrs. I. Rios
Secretaries: Mrs. A. Rotondo; Mrs. K. Jones, Mrs. D. Severino

Phone Numbers: (718) 381-8003 or (718) 381-8004

Office EMail:

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 AM – 3:15 PM


Building Management

Plant Manager & Facilities Manager: Mr. Ken Powis
Phone Number: 718-381-8003 ext 2116




Teacher’s Prayer by James J. Metcalf was found and copied from the Inspirational Christian Stories, Poems and Thoughts Archive. Permission to republish a Teacher’s Prayer was also granted by Father Brian Cavanaugh, TOR of Apple Seeds.